Indoor markets set to re-open to all traders

09/06/2020, PR-9429

​Wakefield Council’s indoor markets are planning to re-open to all traders from Monday 15 June.

This means that all stall holders will be able to trade, as long as they can do so safely, not just those selling food and essential goods, and follows the re-opening of all outdoor markets earlier this month.

The Government continues to be very clear that social distancing guidelines must continue to be observed at all times when people are outside their home and the Council is urging residents and visitors to follow this advice and ensure people stay two metres away from anyone outside their household.

Similar to many supermarkets and other shops, access will be limited into the main market halls and one-way systems have been marked out to help shoppers practice social distancing. There will also be hand sanitiser stations for visitors to use.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We’re really pleased to soon be able to fully re-open both our indoor and outdoor markets to all traders.

“We know that this has been a very difficult time for traders and that our markets are very important for many of our residents but it is still incredibly important that we do this safely and I urge visitors to follow the signage and keep a two metre distance from others.

“We want everyone to be able to use and enjoy our markets but we must all take responsibility to keep ourselves, and others, safe and above all we want to welcome back our loyal and new customers to our great markets.”

To help protect residents during the coronavirus outbreak, the Council have made changes to the opening times of some of our markets. The new opening hours can be found at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/markets 

Traders who are unable to trade and need financial support can visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business

Everyone is reminded that if they are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if they or anyone in their household are self-isolating, they should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Residents can find up to date information on the Council’s dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD